- #1707125braenzMemberMember since: April 7, 2017
Replies: 1braenz January 9, 2019 at 8:53 am
Have you noticed a lack of monarch butterflies around New Zealand this summer? Think about what you’re seeing (NOT seeing) as you drive around urban areas…
While a few people have a good number of caterpillars making their way to becoming butterflies, many people are reporting a lack of monarchs. There’s a lot you can do to help… if you haven’t got a swan plant in your garden yet, then please get one and plant it to help the monarch population.
And here’s some other ways you can help:
1. Reduce the number of social wasps in your neighbourhood. The best way to remove nests is at night time, when the wasps are inside the nest asleep. Cut off the nest, and put it in a plastic bag and into the freezer. After 48 hours, put the bag into your rubbish collection. For underground nests, spray with a fly spray, once again at night.
2. Report sightings of butterflies (any species) to http://www.mb.org.nz – we are collecting data so that we can measure the butterfly population and correlate this to weather and climate data.
3. If you have too many caterpillars OR too many swan plants, please list these on our website so that if there’s someone else in your neighbourhood who wants them has an opportunity to collect them from you. You can list them on the Facebook page set up for this purpose OR for those who don’t do Facebook, check out our forum:
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Replies: 9sophie98 December 10, 2019 at 10:03 am
I have to agree with you. I noticed a large decrease of monarch butterflies also in my area. It is really distressing! I really take care of environment so I try to make my garden butterflies-friendly and this is what I recommend to everyone else. Many of my friends and neighbours who live in house follow my idea and grow plants that are appreciated by these creatures. 🙂#1738749braenzMemberMember since: April 7, 2017
Replies: 1braenz December 10, 2019 at 10:13 am
Hi Sophie – and it’s getting worse!!! Wish more people understood the relevance between “lack of butterflies” and how people are destroying the environment. We are majorly concerned about pesticide use, development and climate change… but then again, many people don’t even know any other species beyond the monarch and the cabbage white (and the latter they seem to think is a huge pest).
Lots of tips on our website – we are currently campaigning to save the forest ringlet, numbers of which are in severe decline and this butterfly is ONLY found in NZ and it is the ONLY one of its kind!!!
Keep up the good work!
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Replies: 1842don021 December 10, 2019 at 12:31 pm
sophie98, I note your observation of fewer Monarchs and think this may be connected to the reported huge increase in wasps, wasps I think are the Monarchs worst enemy. I have a friend who is a Monarch lover and he has build a large wasp proof enclosure and breeds Moanarchs, always a celebration on release day.
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